Vocational Program

Our unique program

NYIT’s commitment to students with special needs led to its development of our distinct program, which focuses on academics, independent living, social skills development, and vocational exploration and training. This certificate program has 6 vocational majors such as: Retail, Children's Recreation, Clerical, Food Service, Facilities Maintenance, and Hospitality Services. The first year provides intensive coursework in independent living, social, and academic skills, as well as work readiness and skills evaluations. The second and third years include skills training and job placements.

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Specific componenents of our curriculum are geared towards preperation for core college competencies. The Pre-Degree Program, which guides students through regular NYIT academic majors, are generally started in the second semester. Freshmen participate in the same VIP curriculum as the vocational concentration students, but with additional access to NYIT credit- and non-credit-bearing courses offered on the Old Westbury campus. Integral to the experience are a highly individualized study program, individualized support, and individualized counseling.

Qualified students can even go on to earn an Associate Degree in three years in either Business Administration or Communication Arts, through our A.A.S. Support Program.

The Vocational Independence Program is a U.S. Department of Education approved Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary (CTP) program.

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Admissions process

VIP accepts approximately 40 to 45 freshmen students each year from the United States and around the world. Students who are considering attending VIP may visit the school with their parents prior to making a formal application. These visits are by appointment only and provide the opportunity to meet with the administration, observe classes, talk with students, and tour the campus.

A formal application comprises a parent application, references, school records (often this includes an I.E.P. and transcript) and psychological/intelligence testing results, as well as a Vineland score, if available. SAT or ACT tests are not required. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis.

It is recommended that students apply as early as possible since space in the program is limited.

I-to-I and VIP occupy two buildings on the southernmost part of NYIT's Central Islip campus, which is a community model that houses a BOCES nursing program and Touro Law School, as well as other community-oriented organizations. The site is the center of a burgeoning area that includes a federal and state court complex, a new industrial park, several new condominium developments, and a growing local business community. NYIT also has campuses in New York City and Old Westbury, N.Y., as well as online and around the world, which applicants to the vocational independence degree program have full access to.